Posts Tagged ‘Film’

Heart Condition

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Credit Guy Raz ‘Yossi’ sequel catches up with an international sad sack At 34 years of age, Yossi may have a promising career going as a Tel Aviv cardiologist, but when it comes to matters of the heart for himself, the man is in stasis, a lonely heart who can be seen in Eytan Fox’s Yossi downloading porn [&hellip
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A Second Coming Out

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

A-Second-Coming-Out600 The artistic advance of Eytan Fox’s ‘Yossi’ Oz Zehavi in Yossi. In the new Yossi, Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox revisits the protagonist from his 2004 military love story Yossi & Jagger. A slight narrative shift shows the former army medic (played by Ohad Knoller) in his mid-30s, now an overweight cardiologist still mourning his lover’s death more than 10 [&hellip
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Still Not a Brother: Armond White on ‘Django Unchained’

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

django-jackson How SamJack stole Tarantino’s epithet orgy ‘Django Unchained’ Uncle Tom, the black overseer created by Harriet Beecher Stowe and despised ever after, reappears to spy on and punish other slaves in Django Unchained. It is the role Samuel L. Jackson was born to play. Here named Stephen, Jackson’s Uncle Tom-style shuck-and-jive is prototypical–even atavistic–climaxing the profane, [&hellip
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Amour: Enduring Love in Any Language

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

amour1 A series of unwanted guests creep into the orbit of Anne and George, a married couple of retired music teachers now in their 80s. There’s the criminal who tries to break into their handsomely lived-in Paris apartment early in Amour, Michael Haneke’s superlative mature new film. And there’s that pesky bird that keeps flying in [&hellip
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Armond White: Come Back, Little Buddha

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

Buddha600 PIETY WRECKS ANG LEE’S ‘LIFE OF PI’ By Armond White No one can make a dull film like Ang Lee can. His new Life of Pi doesn’t settle for being a 3D extravaganza. At a reported cost of $70 million and three years in production, it is intended to combine philosophical rumination with a tent-pole thrill ride. [&hellip
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City Arts: The Pageantry of Rhetoric

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film, Our Town Downtown

PageantryRhetoric600 How Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ parlays the ‘great man’ notions of history “You begin your second term with semi-divine status,” the 16th president of the United States is told in Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. The evidence of that status is in the film’s mythifying visual style that presents Abraham Lincoln as an icon—silhouetted, spectral, sculptural. The people around [&hellip
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On His Majesty’s Secret Service: 007’s “Skyfall” Goes Sky-High

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

Naomie Harris and Daniel Craig in 007's Skyfall. Agent 007 James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to his roots in Skyfall, defending the MI6 agency to which he’s always had steadfast dedication, even while gallantly enjoying its bachelor benefits. On home turf, Bond restores all of us to our pop culture roots; Skyfall’s national security plot, combining an arch villain’s (Javier Bardem) threats to [&hellip
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Billions and a Lot More Than ‘Law & Order’ for City Streets

Written by NY Press on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, Special Sections, West Side Spirit, WESTYS

WESTY_Katherine Oliver By Laura Shin Katherine Oliver never thought she would work in government. But in 2002, the former journalist saw a unique opportunity to help rebuild a post-9/11 New York City by bringing Hollywood to the five boroughs. “I thought it would be a great way to help the city, and I was curious about an [&hellip
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Blood and Celluloid

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, West Side Spirit

CA-side-by-side-keanu-reev copy Keanu Reeves—who better?—Parses the Digital Revolution by GREGORY SOLMAN Chris Kenneally’s Side by Side represents the rare “industrial” that’s not promoting any particular point of view, and should give pause to cinephiles as well as visual and dramatic artists with only a passing interest in that moribund art form, the movies. It curates a thoughtfully chosen collection of [&hellip
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Old Is New Again: Ride the Waves of Film History at Film Forum

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

CA-jean_cocteau_orphee_gallery_7 Film Forum’s current retrospective series, “The French Old Wave” (through Sept. 13), continues with more classic films and film history that you need to catch up with in order to realize—in this awful era of comic- book frivolity—how great cinema can be. Though billed as a tribute to the “quality” films that Truffaut and Godard, [&hellip
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